Messier 2 or M2 (aka NGC 7089) is a globular cluster in the constellation Aquarius. It’s one of the larger globular clusters known—rich, compact, and significantly elliptical—containing over 150,000 stars. It’s one of the oldest globulars in our galaxy, around 13 billion years old. This Hubble image shows the core of the cluster.
Image Credits: NASA, ESA, STScI, and A. Sarajedini (University of Florida)
NGC 4485 is an irregular galaxy located about 25 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici. It is interacting with the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 4490, and as a result, both galaxies are distorted and are undergoing intense star formation.
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Video Credits: F. Summers, J. DePasquale, and D. Player (STScI) / Hubble
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This 3D visualization was created using imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope.
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Neptune has seasons which drive some of the features in its atmosphere, but those seasons are much longer than on Earth, lasting for decades rather than months.
This new Hubble view of Neptune shows a dark storm near the top center of the planet’s disc in the region currently experiencing “summer.” The feature is the fourth and latest dark vortex captured by Hubble since 1993. Two other dark storms were discovered by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989 as it flew by the remote planet. Since the Voyager flyby, Hubble has been out only telescope with sufficient sensitivity in blue light to track such elusive features which have appeared and faded quickly.
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This animation flies through the local galactic neighborhood to the Triangulum galaxy (M33), a smaller spiral than our Milky Way galaxy. It first zooms in on one of M33’s bright regions of star birth, the nebula cataloged as NGC 604, a glowing cloud of hot ionized hydrogen gas..
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